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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 949
Years covered: 1879 to 1933

Overall record: +443 -203 =256 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 47 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C65
 French Defense (60) 
    C11 C10 C01 C14 C05
 French (36) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Four Knights (36) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 D00
 Orthodox Defense (24) 
    D50 D63 D55 D61 D51
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (48) 
    C00 C01 C12 C11 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (33) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Sicilian (30) 
    B40 B25 B45 B32 B23
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   Manchester (1890)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Vienna (1898)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Ostend (1905)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Hastings (1895)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Hamburg (1885)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Qindarka
   Tarrasch's 300 Chess Games by yesthatwasasac
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   good games by sk.sen
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Veliki majstori saha 6 TARRASCH (Petrovic) by Chessdreamer
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   1870s - 1890s Classic Chess Principles Arise by fredthebear
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1898 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   American Chess Bulletin 1905 (July-December) by Phony Benoni
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1914

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 (, Dresden (1892), and 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894). He also won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory. Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published his own Tarrasch's Schachzeitung (1932-1934) and the books Dreihundert Schachpartien (1895), Die moderne Schachpartie (1912), and Das Schachspiel (1931).

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for guidelines in rook endings that rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Tarrasch also played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck. Cf. Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch.

Last updated: 2017-11-23 14:12:37

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 949  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241879BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0261879BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-0221879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-1241879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
5. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0331879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
6. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-1181879BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191879BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0321879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0391879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
10. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0201880Breslau000 Chess variants
11. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0271880BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
12. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0241880Breslau000 Chess variants
13. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0281880BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
14. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0271880MatchC11 French
15. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0211880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
16. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1301880BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191880BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0291880MatchB44 Sicilian
19. Mendelson vs Tarrasch  0-1461880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
20. Tarrasch vs Pribulsky 1-0301880BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1151880BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. Tarrasch vs NN 1-0111880BerlinC45 Scotch Game
23. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241880BreslauC49 Four Knights
24. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-0411880BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0231880BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
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  zanzibar: <Lasker prolific? I can think of two books: Lasker's Manual of Chess and the book about St Petersburg 1909. What have I missed?>

Lasker also wrote a chess magazine for at least a couple of years, and was a chess editor for Pester Lloyd (sp?) for a spell.


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  zanzibar: Oh yeah, he also authored or co-authored a couple of tournament books, e.g. St. Petersburg (1909):

* * * * *

And how about bridge?

<In 1930, Lasker was a special correspondent for Dutch and German newspapers[88] reporting on the Culbertson-Buller bridge match during which he became a registered teacher of the Culbertson system.[88] He became an expert bridge player,[1] representing Germany at international events in the early 1930s,[29][34] and wrote Das Bridgespiel ("The Game of Bridge") in 1931.[89]>

Oct-04-17  john barleycorn: Lasker also wrote "Common Sense in Chess". His first chess book as far as I know.
Oct-04-17  WorstPlayerEver: <zanzibar>

Thanks for the links!

Lasker is a great chess writer. I once had a book with copies from newspapers. It was printed very badly, I remember. But I enjoyed the stories. He also wrote chess fiction stories in those papers.

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  keypusher: For some of these people it wouldn't be a bad idea to include links to their public-domain books in their bio. Couple of bodice-rippers from Dr. Tarrasch:

Oct-04-17  WorstPlayerEver:

There you can download old (chess) books which have no copyright.

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  whiteshark: D'oh! As non-native it seems that I've mixed it with <profiled>. ;)
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  zanzibar: Here is Nimzowitsch himself talking about the animosity(*) between the two (forgive me if this has been quoted before):

< Right now I'd like to say that if I didn't feel that enmity against Tarrasch, I wouldn't have really learned to play chess. To play stronger than Tarrasch - that was my desire during 1904-1906. And here's an advice for my readers: "If you wish to achieve results, choose a mortal enemy for yourself and try to dethrone him". Though I think it's necessary to add: while my hostility towards Tarrasch was caused by personal motives, it wasn't fueled by them (we have never quarreled again since 1904), but rather by a deep ideological antagonism that I felt ever since we first met. I've always considered Tarrasch mediocre; yes, he was a very strong player, but all his views, sympathies and antipathies, and unability to create new thoughts - all that obviously proved the mediocrity of his personality. I've always loved genius, and I couldn't put up with the fact that the leader of a dominating school was a mediocre man! That fact exasperated me!>

There's actually a little more too:

(*) So, should I conclude that the animosity was mostly a fiction created by Nimzo as a motivational device?

Oct-07-17  Retireborn: I should say that the antagonism (though rather petty) was real enough, and Nimzowitsch's talk of a motivational device was just post facto self justification.
Oct-07-17  WorstPlayerEver: Nimzo was funny, hard to understand for a cg member.
Oct-07-17  JimNorCal: Just slightly earlier than the section quoted by zanzibar is this bit which explains how things got out of hand.

"After move 10, Tarrasch, his arms folded, suddenly uttered the phrase, "Never before in my life did I have such a won position at move 10 as in this game!" I, nevertheless, managed to draw the game. But I couldn't forgive Tarrasch for this public "humiliation" for a long time."

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  perfidious: <offramp....I think Nunn is the top Grandmaster/writer, at least in English.>

One more vote for the good doctor; his writing style is erudite, clear and all round excellent--any player could learn from him.

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  offramp: User: whiteshark Okay. No problem. I responded to an error so let's forget about it.
Oct-07-17  WorstPlayerEver: <perfidious>

Yeah, his best work is probably 'My 60 Memorable Games'

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  chancho: <In the life of the chess grandmaster and physician, Siegbert Tarrasch, the whole tragedy of the attempt of Jewish assimilation in Germany becomes clear, even if Tarrasch did not have to die in the gas chambers of Ausschwitz or Treblinka.

On the basis of ongoing sociological research and work, the following thesis will be set forth and pleaded - that Tarrasch’s dogmatic and often hurtful way of expressing his convictions in an exaggerated pedantic method can only be understood when the special place of the Jews in the Empire and in the Weimar Republic are borne in mind.

Unlike Emanuel Lasker or Savielly Tartakower, who - as we can definitely assume - must have realized sometime after the end of the First World War (which, just like Tarrasch, they endured on the side of the axis countries Germany and Austria) that an assimilation of the Jewry in Germany was impossible and who, therefore, after 1918, represented the cosmopolitan Jews from the German culture, Tarrasch reacted as chessplayer with the possibilities given to him by the anti-semitism of the Empire and by the Weimar Republic by an intensified assimilation.

Still, in 1933, he completely misunderstood the anti-Jewish legislation that followed the taking of power by the National Socialists. His attitude up to his death was mainly characterized by trying to be a good German citizen and to serve his fatherland.>

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  Dijon15: In the bio, the title of Tarrasch's book <Die Moderne Schachpartie> is misspelled.
Nov-23-17  john barleycorn: <Dijon15: In the bio, the title of Tarrasch's book <Die Moderne Schachpartie> is misspelled.>

actually another misspelling. The book title as I have it in front of me is <Die moderne Schachpartie>. Tarrasch also published <Das Schachspiel>.

In fact and imo, the sentence in the bio:

<Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published Die Modern Schachpartie and Three hundred Chess Games.>

should be replaced by

<Tarrasch was an editor for "Deutsche Schachzeitung", and had his own "Tarrasch's Schachzeitung". He published 3 books : "Dreihundert Schachpartien", "Die moderne Schachpartie", and "Das Schachspiel". English translations of the latter two are available.>

Nov-23-17  john barleycorn: From the bio:

< A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Despite this loss, Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory.>

Lasker was a youngster with his 39 years of age.

"Despite this loss"? Somebody please explain the logic behind it as English is only my 3rd language

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  whiteshark: Well, Tarrasch published more than 3 books, for example

<"Das Champion-Turnier zu Ostende im Jahre 1907">

<"Der Schachwettkampf Lasker-Marshall im Frühjahr 1907">

<"Internationales Schachturnier Baden-Baden vom 15. April bis 14. Mai 1925">

to name the three books right in front of me.

IIRC he also wrote a book on his WC match vs Lasker

Nov-23-17  john barleycorn: <whiteshark> right you are. Have just discovered "Das Grossmeisterturnier zu St. Petersburg 1914". Extremly productive writer this Tarrasch
Nov-23-17  john barleycorn: I guess after all these findings that Tarrasch's bio needs an overhaul. <Sally Simpson> go for it.
Apr-10-18  Telemus: <"Internationales Schachturnier Baden-Baden vom 15. April bis 14. Mai 1925">

I was very disappointed when I received my copy of this book. I should have been more careful and read the subtitle: "Sammlung sämtlicher Partien [...]" (Collection of all games). In other words: uncommented games only.

In the foreward Tarrasch wrote: "Ich habe davon Abstand genommen, die Partien zu glossieren, denn eine ausführliche Glossierung hätte zu viel Zeit gekostet [...]". (I have refrained from glossing the games, because a detailed glossing would have cost too much time.)

Apr-10-18  Retireborn: <Telemus> I have a 1991 Brandreth/Caissa tournament book, which is a translation (by Jimmy Adams) of a Russian book put together by Grekov.

In the preface Adams quotes Tarrasch, justifying bringing the games out quickly without superficial annotations.

Anyway, if you are interested in specific games from the tournament then me and Jimmy Adams may be able to help.

Apr-10-18  Telemus: <Retireborn: may be able to help> Many thanks! I will keep this mind.

In fact, I bought (many years ago) the BCM reprint, and was astonished that they republished such a book. And now, when I saw the book mentioned here, I thought this information could be useful for others.

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  whiteshark: <Telemus: <"Internationales Schachturnier Baden-Baden vom 15. April bis 14. Mai 1925"> I was very disappointed when I received my copy of this book. I should have been more careful and read the subtitle: "Sammlung sämtlicher Partien [...]" (Collection of all games). In other words: uncommented games only.>

This also happened to me.
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